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St. Patrick’s High School honours graduates

St. Patrick’s High School honours graduates

Shirley Nadeau


The following message was posted on the St. Patrick’s High School Facebook page in honour of the class of 2021: “From all the SPHS Staff, Governing Board, Alumni and Irish Community, we would like to congratulate you for everything you have accomplished this year and throughout all your years at St. Pat’s. Graduation is a unique experience, a moment to celebrate your hard work and your achievements. You deserve to be celebrated. We are proud of you. Take time to remember your firsts and lasts, and to thank your friends, your teachers and your family. Take time to look forward and trust in yourselves. Wishing you all the best. Congratulations.”

Award winners are listed below, along with a complete list of graduates provided by the school:

Olivier Boulay: Valedictorian Trophy, Sister Mildred Wallace Trophy, Brother George Trophy, Walter Munro Trophy & Award, Brother Walter Trophy

– Julianna Letellier: Salutatorian Trophy, Teresa F.  Whealan Trophy, Robert Brochu Trophy, Fleming Motto Award, Rosalind Franklin Award

– Gabrielle Simard: Governor General’s Academic Medal (class of 2020)

– Antonio Diaz: Michael Yaremko Trophy, Father Bill Steacy Trophy

– Emilie Drolet: Father Bill Steacy Trophy, Irish Heritage Quebec Award

– Megan Brown: Citadel Foundation High School Volunteer Award

– Anthony Breton: Desmond O’Neill Award

– Jessica White: S.M. Manek Award

– Nathan S. Laviolette: Phil Delaney Memorial Music Award

– Zoe Bowles: Leonard School Alumnae Award, Ray Barry Memorial Award

– Rowan Bernier: CQSC Parents Committee Award

– Elisabeth Huot: Central Québec Administrators Award

– Philip Richard: William J. McNamara Award, St. Patrick’s Parish Award

– Natalya Poulin: Rosalind Franklin Award

– Jade Marier-Bonhomme: St. Patrick’s Parish Award

– Jacob Nantel and Elodie Rodrigue: Principal’s Award

– Rita Ineza Nganyira: Bruce Phillips Memorial Bursary

Note: Where more than two students have received the same award or scholarship, the award is listed first, then the names.

– Governing Board Award: Louis Marie de Montfort Nganyira, Noémie Cloutier, Kelly Comeau, Jacob Nantel, Victoria Fleury Wright, Anne-Sophie Cloutier

– St. Patrick’s High School Staff Award: Roxanne Letourneau, Jake Surette, Julianna Letellier, Jade Marier-Bonhomme, Rita Ineza Nganyira, Louis Marie de Montfort Nganyira, Elodie Rodrigue, Megan Brown, Emma Cantin, Cassandra Lemieux, Gabriel Beauregard, Sean Rhéaume, Madisson Cusson, Sharlie Rondeau, MarcAntoine Thibault, Laurie Côté Fortin, Maxim Salvas, Romy Laflamme, Laurie Anne Vaillancourt, Jen-Hsun Poon

– School Letter: Olivier Boulay, Julianna Letellier, Nicolas Shone

– Masonic Foundation of Quebec Award (on behalf of St. John’s Lodge No. 3): Louis Marie de Montfort Nganyira, Stacy Morissette, Kayla Bisson

– Student Council Award: Nathaniel Caron, Megan Brown, Antonio Diaz, Emma Lavoie, Rowan Bernier

– Eastern Québec Learning Centre Scholarships: Vivianne Dubuc, Marie Eve Beaulieu, Vincent Labine, Liam Walker, Sean Rhéaume, Joey Baril, Xavier Fortin, Jacob Proulx, Samuel BallerLafrenière, Sarah Naud, Matis Langlois, Emile Genois, Maxime Salvas, Charles Rossignol, Alyssia Courchesne, Stacy Morissette

St. Patrick’s High School organized Graduation Day activities which included a school walkthrough, an aerial “IRISH”
photo, the graduation ceremony and a luncheon to honour the class of 2021. (Photo courtesy of St. Patrick’s High School)

The Class of 2021: 

Group 51
Baller-Lafrenière, Samuel
Beauregard, Gabriel
Boivin, Magalie
Cantin, Emma
Cloutier, Noémie
Comeau, Kelly
Côté, William
Delaney Beaupré, Matthew
Diaz, Antonio
Fortin, Xavier
Genois, Émile
Grenier, Philippe
Harvey, Cédric
Jenkins, Derek
Laflamme, Jérémie
Langlois, Matis
Larouche, Andy
Lavoie, Emma
Longchamps, Thomas
Marcotte, Joey
Merner, Daven
Naud, Sarah
Ouellet, Andrew
Parent, Wylliam
Proulx, Jacob
Quirion, Catherine
Rochon, Marie-Laurence
Salvas, Maxim
Salvatore, Vincenzo
Smith, Jeremy
Westgate, Jordan
Group 52
Blais, Jessica
Breton, Anthony
Brown, Mégan
Caron, Nathaniel
Charest, Mathieu
Cloutier, Anne-Sophie
Cusson, Madisson
Dennie, Thomas
Fleury-Wright, Victoria
Handfield, Liam
Kilganon-Roy, Philip
Laflamme, Romy
Larochelle, Mia
Lavallée, Bianca
Laviolette, Nathan S.
Lavoie, Isaac
Lemieux, Cassandra
Letellier, Julianna
Létourneau, Roxanne
Marier-Bonhomme, Jade
Michaud, Philippe
Murphy, Thomas
Nadeau, Koraly
Nantel, Jacob
Poulin, Natalya
Rivard, Julianne
Rodrigue, Élodie
Tardif, Maxime
Thibault, Marc-Antoine
Vaillancourt, Laurie-Ann
Veilleux, Noémie
Wilcox, Julia
Group 53
Bédard, Samuel
Godbout Cech, Joachim
Labine, Vincent
Lafontaine Ospina, Catalina
Penney, Lorie-Ann
Rhéaume, Sean
Surette, Jake
Tremblay, Laurence
Tuppert, Maxim
Walker, Félix
Walker, Liam
Group 54
Aubry, Jade
Beaulieu, Marie-Ève
Bernier, Rowan
Bisson, Connor
Blache, Zachary
Bouchard, Justin
Boulay, Olivier
Bowles, Amy
Bowles, Zoé
Brouillette, Sophie
Cardinal, Maya
Carrier, Shawn
Chartier, Lauriann
Côté Fortin, Laurie
Dion, Jean-Gabriel
Drolet, Emilie
Duchesneau, Luca
Gauthier, Mathis
Hainse, Elisabeth
Huot, Elisabeth
Marquis, Brandon
Nadeau, Charles-Xavier
Nganyira, Ineza Rita
Nganyira Rugwiro, Louis Marie de Montfort
Perreault, William
Poon, Jen-Hsun
Richard, Philip
Rondeau, Sharlie
Séguin, Tristan
White, Jessica
Group 55
Avery, Rosemary
Baril, Joey
Courchesne, Alyssia
Dubuc, Vivianne
Ginchereau, Mya
Giroux, Samuel
Grant, Samuel
Hasbun, Merick
Hunter, Jazlyn
Morissette, Stacy
Rossignol, Charles
Temela, Leo Matthew
Group 56
Nicholas, Shone


Congratulations to the Dollard-des-Ormeaux School Class of 2021!

Congratulations to the Dollard-des-Ormeaux School Class of 2021!

Shirley Nadeau


A graduation ceremony was held at Dollard- des-Ormeaux School in Shannon on June 23. The ceremony was recorded, but fortunately, due to the school’s small class size, parents were still able to attend while respecting public health guidelines.

The following students graduated from DDO this year. Here is a list of names and awards presented:

– Mikaël St-Germain: (Valedictorian) All Around Student Meritas, Mathematics and Science Award

– Stella Roberge: (Salutatorian), Base Commander’s Cup for Leadership

– Virginie Gagnon: King Kiley Memorial Scholarship for Perseverance, French Second Language Award

– Kayla Guénette-Cardinal: Most Consistent Effort, English Award

– Florence Legault: Maurice C. Drew Memorial Scholarship

– Michaël Roy: Most Improved Academically

– Nathan Landry: Artistic Award

– Mélyna Dubé: Virtual Participation Prize

– Gabriel Vallée: Overcoming Obstacles and Conquering Challenges Award

– Olivier Chevarie: graduated with honours

– Anthony Roy: graduated with honours

– Richard Cadieux

– Ethan Lacerte

– Ariane Mathieu

– Ian McEwen

– Tristan Michaud

– Vanessa Smienk

– Alexis Vanderhoven

OPINION: Bravo to the Class of 2021!

OPINION: Bravo to the Class of 2021!
Pauline Kerr
Graduation this year is different for many young Quebecers. The pandemic means a cautious approach to ceremonies is still in order, with some schools opting for smaller gatherings. By the time life has returned to some form of pre-pandemic normal, many members of the classes of 2020 and 2021 will have departed for higher levels of education or employment opportunities far away. Life goes on despite COVID. Celebrations postponed from a year ago will not be the same. Milestone celebrations are like fresh fruit – they come with a “best before” date. After a while, no matter how nice they still look, the taste and texture are gone. Whether our grads attend ceremonies or not, every member of the class of 2021 will have interesting tales to tell, and a special kind of resilience developed by slogging through the great COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 -2021, sometimes attending class in person, sometimes from home, shifting from one to the other at a moment’s notice. While standard school clothing degenerated from brand-name styles to pyjamas and hoodies, students worked incredibly hard for those diplomas and degrees. With team sports mostly banned, the family dog became their jogging buddy, the local hiking trails their recreation centre. Playing hopscotch with their little sister became the most exciting activity of the day (even if she did cheat). Sometimes the classroom – the kitchen table – was also their parents’ office. They helped Mom and Dad learn to Zoom, and in doing so, figured out their parents were kind of important people. Their parents got a mind-boggling introduction to high school subject matter. Both will miss the closeness that developed over mid-morning coffee breaks at that table/office/ classroom. College and university students left their newfound freedom and returned home to complete their courses as best they could. Some put career plans on hold, and some had their hopes of earning a major sports scholarship dashed.
Many students at every level discovered a determination they never knew they had, that will benefit them throughout their lives. COVID-19 was not easy on them. Those of us long past our own school days should try to imagine how we would have coped had we been told we could not visit with anyone outside our immediate families for months at a time, while the pandemic raged. We would have been overwhelmed.
Members of the class of 2021 probably were, too, but to their credit, they coped magnificently. A certain “I can get through anything” attitude has developed in our COVID grads. It goes beyond confidence; there is an element of toughness, a bit of a swagger, and it looks good on them. The class of 2021 includes the kids who brightened our day with their humour and quick wits at the drive-through window, the young entrepreneurs who started online businesses, the bloggers, the dogwalkers and the ones who made snow angels outside a local nursing home. It includes the kids who never thought they could complete an entire school year from home, but did it anyway. It also includes the kids who survived dark days when the combination of fear and boredom got the better of them, when frustration over attending class remotely built and the grim reality of living through a pandemic hit with full force. Some of them needed a bit of extra help with that, and they had the courage to go after it.
Words cannot take the place of the graduation ceremonies our young people missed out on, but we must say them anyway – bravo, congratulations, thumbs-up, virtual elbow bump, three cheers and way to go, class of 2021! You did it!

A.S. Johnson Memorial High School honours class of 2021

A.S. Johnson Memorial High School honours class of 2021

Submitted by Natasha Scott, A.S. Johnson Memorial High School

A simple ceremony was held at A.S. Johnson Memorial High School in Thetford Mines to celebrate the completion of the students’ high school years. The ceremony was recorded, but not livestreamed. Parents and other family members watched the graduates walk down the red carpet outside in front of the school. Elementary and high school students, who occupy the same building, and staff members were also outside, clapping and cheering as the graduates strode down the red carpet. All was done following public health protocols. We wish to congratulate all of our students and hope to see them return for a visit and share their adventures with us.

The A.S. Johnson Memorial High School class of 2021 proudly pose for their official photo: (back row) Xavier Descheneaux, Mychele Wright, Brandon Hogan, Zachary Bouffard, Rodrigue Muntu, Zhoé Jane Sheridan, Kayla Houley, Andrew Jacques and Élodie Veilleux-Greene; (front row) Julia Castonguay, Christelle Donahue Bouffard, Jessica Raby, Jennicka Alelojo, Catherine Thivierge and Kayla Gagné. (Photo by Shanta Lacroix)
Class of 2021 students Bryan Poulin, Tommy Hogan, Loïc
Gravel, Peter Melanson and Jennifer Hallée, who studied
and worked toward different diplomas in separate
classrooms within their own “bubble” all year, posed for a separate grad photo (Photo: Leah Photographe)


Presenting the Quebec High School class of 2021!

QHS Graduating Class of 2020-2021: Kalen Abbott, Alicia Allain, Aurélie Aziz, Christine Baker, Melinda Ballok, Emma Barnard, Althéa Beck, Mathis Bérubé, Jaymie Bisson, Maeva Boutin-Kelly, Hailey Chum, Mégan Cloutier, Vu Nguyen Khang Dao, Laura Demers, Alexanne Desbiens, Rosie Dumoulin, Bela Faulds, Jacob Fiset, Juliette Ford, Charles Frégeau, Jacob Gingras, Noémie Girardin, Miya Gittens, Maude Gosselin-Thiboutot, Hugo Kingsborough, Derek Laforest, Lucas Lambert, Amélia Larouche Maltais, Cassandra Lauder, Sarah Lavallée, Zak Lefrançois, Marianne Légaré, Alexandre Lessard, Anna Lévesque, Ken Lin (not in photo), Didi Luis Lavertue, Quang Vinh Mai, Jonathan Martin, Adam Mathauser, Bronwen May, Sarah McCoubrey, Jason McIntosh-Fernandez de Bulnes, Shelby Meehan, Dylan Morin, Jacob Ouellet, Alexandre Perron, Nguyen Anh Khoa Pham, Abigail Pilote, Emerik Prévost, Iida Annika Riikonen,* Jacob Rodrigue, Kane
Rogerson, Nikki Rourke, Presley Rourke, Benjamin Roy, Olivier Royer,
Dylan Bradley Sheridan, Édouard Thériault, Frédérique Thibault,
Xavier Trahan, Catherine Vallée, Aditya Narain Vashishth, Rebecca
Welker* and Amy Wright.
*International exchange students, not in photo (Photo courtesy of Quebec High School)

Presenting the Quebec High School class of 2021!

Shirley Nadeau


The Quebec High School graduation ceremony took place virtually this year for the second year in a row, with the event recorded and watched online by graduates’ relatives and friends. Only students, teachers and staff were present as the class of 2021 received their diplomas and awards for all their efforts over the past year. “This year ended as it started; parents and families invited us into their homes and we invited them into our classrooms,” said principal Warren Thomson. “With an amazing amount of trust, teamwork and Presenting the Quebec High School class of 2021 collaboration, the class of 2021 accomplished an incredible feat. I am confident that they are well prepared to take on the future challenges this uncertain world will throw at us. They proved that they can adapt to change and now I am certain they will be the ones pushing for it in the future, for the better.”


– Catherine Vallée (Valedictorian): Matheson Cup, Montminy Wolfe Science Mathematics Award, Proficiency in French Mother Tongue, The Fry Shield

– Jacob Rodrigue (Salutatorian): Janice and Steve Pound Award, Montminy Wolfe Social Science Award, CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence Scholarship for academic achievement in English

– Charles Frégeau: Donald Harriet Memorial Award, School Volunteer Award, Citadel Youth Volunteer Award, Reunion ’88 Award, Mrs. Pearl Treggett-Weller Memorial Prize for Proficiency in Contemporary World

– Didi Luis Lavertue: Dean Norman Memorial Prize for Proficiency in Cultural, Social and Technical Mathematics, Proficiency in Psychology

– Alicia Allain: Couture-Juhasz Student Ambassador Award, ABCD Award, Donald Simons Award

– Emma Barnard: Proficiency in English, Proficiency in History of Contemporary Music, Mrs. Pearl Treggett -Weller Memorial Prize for achievement in Visual Art, Award for outstanding contribution to Creative Writing

– Kane Rogerson: The Sanheim Award for artistic ability in Music Option, Father Alexis D.R. Arul Memorial Prize

– Nguyen Anh Khoa Pham: Jerry Trzeciak Award for Proficiency in Physics, Proficiency in Chemistry

– Aditya Narain Vashishth: Triple Credit Stuart Dunn Memorial Prize, Proficiency in Science Mathematics

– Hailey Chum: Vasili Arkhipov Award, St. John’s Lodge No. 3 Ancient, Free & Accepted Masons Jean-Luc Dutil Award

– Rosie Dumoulin: St. John’s Lodge No. 3 Ancient, Free & Accepted Masons Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award

– Althéa Beck: St. John’s Lodge No. 3 Ancient, Free & Accepted Masons Alfie Cooper Award

– Derek Laforest: Most Improved in Science Mathematics, Kennedy Award

– Laura Demers: Most Improved in English

– Sarah McCoubrey: Most Improved in French Second Language Enriched

– Jacob Gingras: Proficiency in Woodworking

– Melinda Ballok: Proficiency in Fitness

– Christine Baker: David E. Blinco Bursary

– Edouard Thériault: Nelson Shield – Bronwen May: Nelson Shield

– Zak Lefrançois: Brock Award –

-Emerik Prévost, Benjamin Roy and Ken Lin: Eastern Québec Learning Centre Vocational Training Bursary

– Jaymie Bisson: Rosenhek Award

– Hugo Kingsborough: Student Council Executive of Quebec High School Award